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How to Chalk Paint Pumpkins
Mmmmmm!! The smell of fall is in the air! It’s time for everything cozy!……big bulky sweaters, fuzzy blankets, hot apple cider, and pumpkin spice candles! I’m so thankful that I live in an area to enjoy all four seasons, and I have to say that fall is one of my favorites.
My Instagram feed is blowing up with everyone’s beautiful fall decor……so today, I’m in the mood to work on some inexpensive chalk paint pumpkins. I’m the queen of thrifty…..so I found these perfect little pumpkins at the dollar store, ready to be transformed into some beautiful farmhouse style decor. Let’s get started!
What You Need
- assorted plastic pumpkins
- chalk paint (antique white & sage green)
- paint brushes
What To Do
I started by painting the pumpkins with two coats of homemade chalk paint.You can find the recipe for DIY chalk paint here! It’s super easy to make and SO affordable!! I absolutely LOVE the sage green paint I found. It’s so perfect for the neutral fall pallet I was going for.
They looked pretty all painted up but I definitely wanted to add some dimension. I started with the stems. Most of them were brown plastic so I just added some dark green paint ( which was a mixture of green and a bit of black) in a few spots, and then highlighted with a soft tan color to make the stems look a bit more realistic.
Not too bad! And that was fun! I’m such a nerd……I REALLY enjoy this kind of detailing!
Now to add some dimension to the grooves in the pumpkins. I just dipped a fluffy brush into a bit of brown and dark green paint. I didn’t want to pick up much paint because I only wanted a bit of a shadow in the creases. So with a fairly dry brush, I started at the stem and brushed back and forth in each crease, heavier in some spots, lighter in others.
There’s no rhyme or reason with this……just have fun with it. Just be sure there is barely any paint on your brush to get a more natural look. Don’t clean your brush during this part. Just keep dipping it in the paint.
I’m so happy with the way these pumpkins turned out. I also found this inexpensive galvanized bucket at the Dollarama to make an arrangement for my table. ‘Thrifty’ is my middle name!
I had so much fun making these chalk paint pumpkins! I think I’ll have to purchase a few more, so I can sprinkle a little more fall around the house!
Until next time
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